Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Preparing Our Youth

Abraham Lincoln’s Vice president, Andrew Johnson was a racist, who did everything he could to undercut the abolition of slavery.  The 14th Amendment declared that all persons born or naturalized in our country were American citizens including African Americans.  Nevertheless, the KKK continued its reign of terror in the former Confederate States.

In 1957, the Supreme Court made school integration the law of the land.  In 1964, LBJ pushed through the Civil Rights Act, although, he knew the Democratic Party would lose the south.   Senator Strom Thurmond quickly succeeded in turning the south solidly Republican.

Today’s Southern Republicans are the heirs of the Confederate States, and Donald Trump’s win confirm that nationally the Republican Party welcomes racist.

A 2006 study found that every year more than one million students drop out of high school without a diploma.  Our nation's graduation rates among minority students are especially dismal.  Only 52 percent of Hispanics, 56 percent of African-Americans, 57 percent of Native-American students graduate on time, as compared to 78 percent of white students.

Under President Obama’s administration progress was made.  However, recent studies found that 30 percent of students, who failed to graduate from high school, were urban and rural students from families below the poverty level.  In urban settings typically 50 to 70 percent of the students, who fail to graduate, are not getting even a rudimentary education.  It’s an epidemic of failure that costs America billions of dollars in lost productivity and high crime rates.

The median income for a high school dropout is $12,000 a year, compared with $22,000 for young adults with a high school diploma.  The economic impact of children dropping out of high school amounts to nearly 350 billion dollars over their lifetimes in lost wages, productivity, and taxes.


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